Hydrangeas in full bloom

Inspired by Anika’s beautiful garden posts… I braved the sun to snap a few shots of the hydrangeas.

Our house came with a huge hedge of white hydrangea up against the house.  They’re in full bloom now, but three days of 90+ degree heat has singed them a bit.  I brought two pots of hydrangea with me, blue and pink. They are doing spectacular hiding out in the shade of the Monkey Ball (Liquidamber) Tree.

Now I just need to learn the varieties, and educate myself.

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Gothic Cottage Kitchen Re-model and more

I guess I should blog about what I’m actually doing, which for the past six months has been a laser focused on actually buying the house, now that we are one month in situ at Crooked Cottage (so dubbed for now), we are making it our own and unpacking, with light renovations.
Lucky we are the house just needed paint and a few tightened pipes! There are enough extra rooms that we can effectively live in two (bedroom & kitchen) while 3 are full of boxes, and one undergoing renovation (rumpus room)!
In the meantime we’ve been frugally planning our updates, shopping for bargains and salvage, and putting in some good elbow grease. Yes, even me! Proper photos are yet to come, but I’ve been posting iPhone pix to flickr of our finds and treasures. Lots of Martha Stewart DIY products, she’s so good at the vintage!!!
1930's Gothic Cottage: kitchen hardware & paint!
1930’s Gothic Cottage™ $400 kitchen make-over! Schoolhouse Lighting, Celedon Paint (cabinets only), Iron Cabinet Hardware & Oiled Bronze Wall Mount Faucet. The stove came with the house, woo!

  • Martha Stewart: Paint Timothy Hay: Her paints are gorgeous, it is very easy to go all vintagey with her palettes.
  • Martha Stewart: Iron Bin Pull & Knobs: these are brilliant and look very Art Deco in our 1926 kitchen!
  • Schoolhouse light fixtures: the glass shades can be replaced later, this way I get the fixture mount for a bargain while I look for vintage schoolhouse globes!
  • Bronze wall-mount faucet: wall mount faucets are harder to find, but Amazon & Overstock.com make it so easy!
  • House of Antique Hardware: Gothic Style Surface Cabinet Hinges: These are gorgeous and really put the fancy on the old cupboards.

Other cool things we’ve picked up and have yet to install!
Doors from Urban Ore… $250 for these two amazing doors, the cross buck w/ purple glass will be the door to the garden from the Rumpus Room & the privacy glass (from an old bank) will go to the small powder room off the kitchen.
Dude! Purple glass crossbuck door, from rumpus room to garden For powder room
I’ll post more about Chez Blastmilk! And the treasures therein… and dollies to come!

Wither Crockett!

Or, We Just Bought A House!  Apologies for not being present this past three months!  You can always visit me on Twitter or Facebook, upon which I scribble daily.

I’m so excited… at long last, a dream come true. I can’t paint and decorate till my head explodes!  Sure there are many benefits to home ownership, but being able to paint the hallway shocking pink is at the tip top of my list!

The house, originally sold for $3990 in 1926, was a company house for the workers of the C&H Sugar Factory, the main employer in the tiny town of Crockett.  A family room has since been added on the back, and a bonus room finished out in the basement/garage. The garden has been lovingly tended, sculpted and terraced. It has a brick patio with a Monkey Ball Tree that turns deep red in the fall before losing its leaves.

My father & Uncle tell me that my Great Uncle, Dick Prince, was a chemist for C&H back in the day and lived on the other side of town. So we have cousins who grew up here as well.

So here it is, the new Château Blastmilk! We’ll be gettin’ the keys in a week or two!

1927, Then…

Tenney Terrace: 1927!

And Now… 2010!

1926 House in Crockett

View: Lots more pictures on Flickr!

About: Crockett, California on Wikipedia:

Crockett is located on the Mexican land grant Rancho El Pinole made to Ygnacio Martinez, and is named after Joseph B. Crockett, a judge on the California Supreme Court.[1] The town started when Thomas Edwards Sr. bought the land from Judge Crockett in 1867.[1] Edwards built his home and established a company town for the C&H Sugar company.[1]

Crocketville post office was established in 1883, and the name was changed to Crockett later that year.[1]

Article: Article on Crockett, The Chronicle, August 2008